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tindersticks - Claire Denis Film Scores 1996-2009
**Bumper set collecting Tindersticks' bespoke film scores - a whopping 75 tracks clocking in at over 3 hours!***. Ever since a chance meeting in Paris many moons ago, Nottingham's preeminent misanth-romantics Tindersticks had been providing subtly breathtaking instrumental scores for acclaimed French director Claire Denis. Now compiled by Constellation in highly collectible 5xLP and 5xCD box sets, these six feature-length soundtracks will obviously appeal to committed fans of the band, but really deserve to find a wide audience far beyond that. Like the films they were made for – 35 Rhums, L’Intrus, Vendredi Soir, Trouble Every Day, White Material and Nenette Et Boni - the band’s, haunting and evocative pieces are all about the accumulation of detail, and build slowly but surely to devastating emotional climaxes. Denis is preoccupied with landscape and the individual's place within it, and Tindersticks respond with treatments that expertly navigate the intimate and the expansive: the default setting is somewhere between smoked-out brush-stroke Jazz, pastoral folk and modern classical, with shades of the most austere 90s Americana and post-rock, with guitar, harmonium and chamber strings prominent throughout. For us it's the soaring, drum-driven material from Denis's most recent picture, White Material, that hits hardest, but really it's all fantastic stuff, and rewards deep immersion. The package couldn't be more handsome either: both CD and vinyl come in foil-embossed boxes with 64-page booklet featuring colour film stills and an essay by Michael Hill. Fans of Vincent Gallo's Warp stuff, Pram, Cave & Ellis, Nico, Palace and Neil Young's Dead Man should all take notice. A massive recommendation.